You ask me how I became a madman. It happened thus:
One day, long before many gods were born, I woke from a deep sleep
and found all my masks were stolen, - the seven masks I have fashioned and worn in seven lives,
- I ran maskless through the crowded streets shouting,"thieves, thieves, the cursed thieves."
Men and women laughed at me and some ran to their houses in fear of me.
And when I reached the market place, a youth standing on a house-top cried, "He is a madman."
I looked up to behold him; the sun kissed my own naked face for the first time.
For the first time the sun kissed my own naked face and my soul was inflamed with love for the sun and I wanted my masks no more. And as if in a trance I cried, "Blessed, blessed are the thieves who stole my masks."
Thus I became a madman.
And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness; the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us.
But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief.
So I am working on scanning some films. It is taking a while - they go way back to Mexico in early December 2012.
window and chair, tornado aftermath, Australia 2013
Guanajuato from a mountain, 2013
this particular picture came from the inspiration of Javier Servant after he took a picture with a fuji polaroid and it looked incredible. The small JPEG does not do it justice, sorry for that! These and many more will be up on my website soon!
In 1909 the millionaire French banker and philanthropist Albert Kahn embarked on an ambitious project to create a colour photographic record of, and for, the peoples of the world. As an idealist and an internationalist, Kahn believed that he could use the new autochrome process, the world's first user-friendly, true-colour photographic system, to promote cross-cultural peace and understanding.
On my trip to Mexico, I had the good fortune of borrowing a book that exhibited a diverse array of Wolfgang Tillmans photographs. Self-titled Wolfgang Tillmans, this publication delves into the world of Wolfgang. Many scholars and photography enthusiasts try to decipher his work, however a single quote spins perspective onto his endeavours.
" As an artist, I am interested not in singular readings, but in constructing networks of images
and meanings capable of reflecting the complexity of the subject".
alex & lutz, Bournemouth 1992 suzanne & lutz, Bournemouth 1993.
Kate McQueen, 1996
John & Paula, hay, CX 1000, 1994
From Neue Welt
There is something that seems to intrigue observers and that is the arrangement he uses to exhibit his work. Each exhibition he mixes the old with the new to construct a new narrative to a story that is being told.